On 12/03/2014, Tom Fine wrote:
> I don't mind regional accents, and even some of the mispronunciations
> that used to be called "ghetto talk," I think that's all part of the
> American fabric. Perhaps in a tiny land mass like the UK they can
> strive for a uniform English, but I actually think it would be
> un-American for us to further de-regionalize our country in search of
> a generic pronunciation key (Wal-Mart English, anyone?). I grew up in
> a house with one parent from Mississippi-Texas and one from Queens, so
> I turned out with a somewhat generic (New Yawk-leaning) accent but
> with all the strange folk-isms from two very different places. Typical
> American mutt, and that kind of thing is what makes our version of
> English and our culture so unique and interesting.
There is a wide variety of accents and grammatical dialects in England,
not to mention Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
What we call "standard English" is the version spoken in the region near
London; but even here there is plenty of local variation, and
pronunciation changes with time, as you can tell from watching 1930s
There are also many immigrant accents, some of them spoken by third
generation people of immigrant ancestry.
> What I do mind is mumbling, fast-talking, low-talking, and garbling
> basic grammar. I also don't think that what used to be called "hick
> talk" -- a combination of mangled words, mangled grammar and a batch
> of profanities thrown in for emphasis -- has any place in non-fiction
> broadcasting or writing, except as a direct quote of a news-story
> subject. And I also think that professional broadcast operations need
> to get a handle on the world of cellphones and figure out best
> practices to make that audio more intelligable. It probably starts
> with pre-coaching of interview subjects and extends to a set of
> published rules for on-location professional personnel. Lou's point
> about the mic dangling around the chest of the screeching Mellinnial
> is true. The other typical image is the Gen-Xer or Boomer with the
> "cyborg" bluetooth thing attached to his ear, where the mic is
> somewhere between his sideburn and his eye.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:15 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Toothpaste
>> I love it! I always comment (either to the speaker or my friends)
>> when I hear someone pronounce EXACTLY with a T in it.
>> And I thought it was cute when a one-time girlfriend from Louisiana
>> would say nekkid or edzackly
>> but she is long gone from here now.
>> And what about wreak? Hove you heard it properly said "rek" in
>> It is enuff to wreck yer eeers.
>> Lou Judson
>> Intuitive Audio
>> On Mar 11, 2014, at 12:35 PM, Smith, Allison wrote:
>> I thought this was appropriate, given Tom's rant -
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